As a charter member of the Wine-With-Flavor Bourgeoisie , I have just placed an order with Pax Mahle’s “new” venture for the 58 months in oak, Rhone blend of 92% Syrah, 5% Grenache, and the rest Viognier, Marsanne, and Roussane. I expect delivery soon, so I will pop a bottle at BF 2.5 Day 2 and share it with those who like flavor in their wine. Those who do not may obtain small tastes by begging.
I bought a case and got the signed magnum - arrived last week. On Friday, we popped one along side an '04 Alban Reva and '05 Saxum Bone Rock. It was right there with both of the other two - an excellent wine. Very well balanced and not over-oaked even after 58 months in barrel. I didn’t find it overly “hot” at all. Ron Freed and his wife Andrea joined me that night - perhaps he will weigh in as well.